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Council to Comment on Changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The Council is formulating comments on an important upcoming rule that could have significant impacts on our sector. In order to ensure that the opinions and technical expertise of all Member Companies is represented in these comments, the Council plans to form task forces to assist. Contact Tim Tarpley should you wish to participate.

NEPA Regulations Revisions

The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is proposing to modify certain aspects of its regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to generally restore regulatory provisions that were in effect for decades before being modified in 2020.

CEQ proposes these changes in order to better align the provisions with CEQ’s extensive experience implementing NEPA, in particular its perspective on how NEPA can best inform agency decision making, as well as longstanding Federal agency experience and practice, NEPA’s statutory text and purpose, including making decisions informed by science, and case law interpreting NEPA’s requirements. The proposed rule would restore provisions addressing the purpose and need of a proposed action, agency NEPA procedures for implementing CEQ’s NEPA regulations, and the definition of “effects.” CEQ invites comments on the proposed revisions.

Comments are due November 22, 2021

For additional information about this process or to discuss options for making comments, please contact SVP Government Affairs & Counsel Tim Tarpley.

Maria Suarez, Director Government Affairs, writes about industry-specific policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Council’s newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, Council activities and more.


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